These portraits surely are done by a professional painter but strangely enough nothing is known about the artist Madeleine Lefebvre, except that she certainly wasn’t the only female artist working in the Congo. Some others were: Edith Dasnoy, Renée Bruyère-Blondiau, Marie de Paepe, Germaine Ide, Marie-Louise Stradiot-Bougnet, Suzanne van Damme, Isa Janssens, Erna Vamos, Madeleine-Christine Forani, Francine Somers and Marthe Guillain.

Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1967)
'Paintress of the African Women'

Portrait Painting of an Black African Woman Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976) ‘Portrait of a Congolese girl’

Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976)
‘Portrait of a Congolese girl’

Signed m lefebvre, annotated La belle tatorié, Madeleine Lefebvre, 1946 on a sticker on the stretcher


In the original faux bamboo and woven fibre frame.

Oil on canvas, H. 40.4 x W. 51 cm

Portrait Painting of an Black African Woman Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976) ‘Portrait of a Congolese girl’

Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976)

'Danseuse Mutshioko'

Signed M.Lefebvre lower right

Titled and dated Danseuse Mutshioko, 1945 on a sticker on the stretcher

Oil on canvas, 60.6 x 50.3 cm

Portrait Painting of an Black African Woman Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976) ‘Portrait of a Congolese girl’

Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976)
Jeune fille Bakura m'Fruja

Signed M.Lefebvre lower right

Titled and dated Jeune fille Bakura m'Fruja, Madeleine Lefebvre, 1946 on a sticker on the stretcher

Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 50.5 cm
 

Portrait Painting of an Black African Woman Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976) ‘Portrait of a Congolese girl’

Madeleine Lefebvre (1900-1976)

'Djinga'

Signed M.Lefebvre lower right

Titled and dated Djinga, Madeleine Lefebvre, 1946 on a sticker on the stretcher

Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
 
Djinga is a town in Kasai Oriental/Central Congo.